This Week at Pepperdine: March 3-9
March 3, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -The WCC Championships in Las Vegas are coming up later this week for the Pepperdine basketball teams, while most of the Waves' other squads will be in action at home, including sand volleyball, men's volleyball, baseball and men's and women's tennis.
The top-ranked sand volleyball team will make its season debut down at Zuma Beach on Saturday. Elsewhere, the women's golf team co-hosts the Bruin Wave Invitational and the track team will be competing in Riverside.
Francis Alcantara of men's tennis opens up This Week at Pepperdine, and interviews take place with Stacy Davis (men's basketball), Ea Shoushtari (women's basketball), Caitlin Racich and Taylor Racich (women's sand volleyball) and Stasia Demick(track).
Here's a look at the week's events:
Saturday: vs. Saint Mary's (Las Vegas, Nev.), 8 p.m.
With its best regular season in a decade in the books, the men's basketball team will try to make its mark in the postseason beginning Saturday as Pepperdine battles Saint Mary's in the WCC Championship quarterfinals. The Waves and Gaels played two very close games this season, with Saint Mary's winning both by a combined eight points. With a fifth-place finish, the Waves received a first-round bye at the upcoming tournament, being held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Pepperdine got some very good news today, as Stacy Davis was picked to the All-WCC first team, Brendan Lane was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Majorreceived an WCC All-Freshman team award.
Thursday: vs. Santa Clara (Las Vegas, Nev.), 12 p.m.
The women's basketball team heads into the postseason this week, facing Santa Clara in the opening game of the 2014 WCC Championships on Thursday in Las Vegas. The Waves and Broncos split their two games this season, with Pepperdine scoring a 100-93 double overtime victory at home early in the year, and Santa Clara winning 67-61 this past Saturday in the teams' regular-season finale. The winner of the opening-round game will move on to the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. on Friday.
WOMEN'S SAND VOLLEYBALL
Saturday: vs. Cal State Northridge (Zuma Beach), 10 a.m.
The highly anticipated 2014 sand volleyball season gets underway this Saturday, when #1 Pepperdine hosts both Cal State Northridge and #2 USC. Action at Zuma Beach, near Tower 3, gets underway at 10 a.m. The Waves are led by reigning AVCA Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year Nina Matthies, who is assisted by Olympic coach Marcio Sicoli and volunteer assistant Jon Daze. Highlighting Pepperdine's returners include Caitlin Racich, the only two-time All-American competing this season, 2013 All-American Lara Dykstra and seniors Victoria Adelhelm, Emily Cook, Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever.
Friday: vs. Stanford (Firestone Fieldhouse), 7 p.m.
After going 1-1 on the road last week, the Pepperdine men's volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of Firestone Fieldhouse to host two of the three MPSF squads the Waves have yet to face in 2014: Stanford and Pacific. With a 9-4 record, Pepperdine enters this week in fourth place in the conference standings, but just half a match behind UCLA and Long Beach State. This will be the final time the Tigers will be seen in Firestone Fieldhouse. Pacific announced earlier this year that the men's volleyball program would be cut following the 2014 season.
Tuesday: vs. UNC Wilmington (Eddy D. Field Stadium), 2 p.m.
The baseball team comes off a 2-2 week in Hawaii and returns to Southern California for games against UNC Wilmington, #9 UCLA, USC and Houston. The Waves open and close the week at home taking on UNCW and Houston, while traveling to UCLA and USC on Friday and Saturday. Pepperdine grabbed its second 11th-inning win of the season last week in Hawaii and then blasted the Rainbow Warriors for seven runs on 13 hits to even the four-game series. The Waves had won six in a row coming into play last week and are off to an 8-3 start to the year.
Friday: vs. USC (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center), 4 p.m.
Saturday:vs. Fresno State (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
The #22-ranked women's tennis team returns to the court this week to host #73 Fresno State. The last three meetings between the Waves and Bulldogs were decided by just one point, with Pepperdine winning 4-3 in 2011 and 2012 and Fresno State getting the upper hand in 2013. The Waves are 13-8 all-time vs. the Bulldogs and are undefeated at home this season.
Monday-Tuesday: at Bruin Wave Invitational (Tarzana, Calif.)
Six of Golfstat's top 20 teams in the country are taking part in the fifth annual Bruin Wave Invitational, including the #17 Waves and the top two teams in country (USC and co-host UCLA). Pepperdine is looking to add to its resume after two victories in the fall and a good showing last week at the UC Irvine Invitational. The Waves came in third place and Grace Nawas second.
Saturday:vs. Riverside CC/Cal State Fullerton/Long Beach State (Riverside, Calif.)
After two meets the Pepperdine track teams appear to be on their way to a very good season. Their third meet is Saturday in Riverside against three other local schools. Elle Lemco won the 5,000 meters and the Waves' 4x800-relay team set a school record on Saturday at the Savannah State Relays.